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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

2015/2016 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
18 Newcastle 9 10 19 37
19 Norwich 9 7 22 34
20 Aston Villa 3 8 27 17
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 By PA Sport

Aston Villa close in on appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as manager - report

New Aston Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia says he will not interfere with his manager, but he aims for a return to the Premier League.

Aston Villa have moved a step closer to appointing Roberto Di Matteo as manager following further talks with the Italian, Press Association Sport has reported.

It said Di Matteo has had more discussions with Villa chairman Steve Hollis, who now hopes to name the former West Brom and Chelsea boss as Remi Garde's successor in the coming days.

The 45-year-old is reported to be first choice for prospective new owner Dr Tony Xia, whose takeover has yet to be approved.

David Moyes and Nigel Pearson were...

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Aston Villa owner Tony Xia confident of passing fit and proper person test

New Aston Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia says he will not interfere with his manager, but he aims for a return to the Premier League.

New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is confident he will pass the Premier League and Football League's fit and proper person test.

The Chinese businessman, 39, this week bought Villa from American Randy Lerner, who had been looking to sell since 2014.

Xia needs to pass the customary test in order for his takeover of the club to be completed.

Investigations into Xia's conglomerate, Recon Group, are being carried out jointly by the Premier League and Football League as Villa, relegated from the top flight...

David Ginola 'fine' after quadruple heart bypass operation

Former France player David Ginola was reportedly airlifted to a hospital in France after collapsing.

David Ginola declared himself "fine" on Friday after regaining consciousness following a quadruple heart bypass operation overnight.

A tweet from Ginola's account said he had "never slept better'' after his dramatic collapse while playing football on Thursday.

The 49-year-old former Newcastle and Tottenham winger was attending a celebrity golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Riviera.

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New Aston Villa owner Tony Jiantong Xia considers rebranding Villa Park

Villa Park outside general exterior stadium
Aston Villa's home, Villa Park, opened in 1897.

New Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Jiantong Xia is considering plans to rebrand Villa Park upon completion of his takeover of the club, according to a report in the Beijing Times.

The Chinese businessman, 39, this week bought Villa from American Randy Lerner, who had been looking to sell since 2014.

As part of the drive to try to get Villa promoted back to the Premier League as soon as possible, Xia is considering changing the name of the Villa Park -- the club's home since 1897 -- possibly to incorporate...

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New Aston Villa owner wants club to be world's most well-known in 10 years

Tony Jiantong Xia wants to make Aston Villa the world's most recognised club.

New Aston Villa owner Tony Jiantong Xia intends to revamp the newly relegated side in order to spring straight back into the Premier League and become one of the world's leading clubs.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time in the club's history, having been one of the 22 founder members of the reformed division in 1992.

Xia, a 39-year-old Chinese businessman, is ready to turn their fortunes around with the new manager set to have a sizeable transfer budget.

Speaking to...